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ciancia is accused of shooting a t.s.a. officer to death and wounding two other officers and a passenger. terrified travelers fled the terminal friday. police shot ciancia four times, his condition has been upgraded to good today, though he remains sedated and under guard. who is ciancia? ben tracy is at l.a.x. for us tonight. ben? >> reporter: scott, the alleged shooter is something of a blank slate-- no criminal record and, for someone his age, 23, he's posted very little online. his family says they're shocked and investigators are trying to figure out why he targeted t.s.a. officers here in this terminal at l.a.x. today, f.b.i. agents were at the apartment where paul anthony ciancia has been living outside of los angeles. they escorted one of his roommates to his cartelling reporters they needed to interview him. armando basco is his neighbor. >> we never thought -- he's a very quiet guy. >> reporter: since being wheeled into the hospital friday, ciancia has been heavily sedated and unable to talk. this picture was taken moments after police shot him to end the rampag
paul ciancia now faces federal charges that could lead to the death penalty. ciancia is in critical condition at a hospital in los angeles. this afternoon, the head of the t.s.a. and the widow of officer gerardo hernandez appeared at the airport to remember the first t.s.a. officer ever killed in the line of duty. in los angeles, carter evans begins our coverage. >> reporter: moments ago, federal authorities announced the man who opened fire on t.s.a. officers at l.a. international airport carried with him multiple assault weapon magazines and a message. >> in the note that was handwritten that we found from the defendant that was signed by the defendant, we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the widow of it, say officer gerardo hernandez spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> reporter: at lax, more than 24 hours after gunfire disrupted thousands of flights, many passengers remain strande
now emerging. paul ciancia seen right here in his high school photo. a schoolmate now saying he was a loaner in class. and new information about the family man he's alleged to have targeted and killed. tsa agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he procee
see a picture of him here. the fbi identified him as los angeles resident paul ciancia. police say ciancia was taken into custody after being shot multiple times in the chest. new images emerging of what appears to be the suspect handcuffed to a gurney. you can see that right here. tonight new images of the deadly l-a airport shooting suspect emerging. as we learn more about the victims he was targetting. and the t-s-a's next move to keep travellers safe. we now have more information on the alleged gunman who police say killed a tsa officer and shot 2 others friday at los angeles international airport. you can see a picture of him here. the fbi identified him as los angeles resident paul ciancia. police say ciancia was taken into custody after being shot multiple times in the chest. new images emerging of what appears to be the suspect handcuffed to a gurney. you can see that right here. now investigators have the difficult task of trying to piece together a motive behind the shooting at terminal 3. everyone on the floor. everyone on the floor now. the fbi investigation continues a
. the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia, is still listed in critical condition at this hour. earlier, an attorney read a statement from his family in new jersey offering condolences to the victims and begging for privacy. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. while we do not mean to minimize the grief and distress experienced by many other families, we hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family, too. >> police say the gunman was specifically targeting the tsa, according to a note he had. working for the tsa seems like it's often a thankless task. much of the time you are an object of contempt for passengers as they watch you confiscate their toothpaste and if you blink too long, you risk letting something or someone dangerous through. but now, three days later, it's still unclear what the suspect's beef with tsa could have been. as stephanie elam reports. >> we were up in security at the time of the shooting and we heard the initial gun shots. >>
the suspected gunman, 23-year-old paul ciancia , shot a t-s-a officer at point blank range. he then walked away, but returned moments later to shoot him again. kyung lah explains how the >> reporter: investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal 3 they don't know every step of paul ciancia's path thru the terminal >> "but here's what they do know. a roommate dropped him off at the airport. he entered at about 9:20 in the morning one of these entrances at terminal 3." according to pictures like this one as well as surveillance video, the gun was a 223 caliber assault rifle, which ciancia concealed in a bag. >> "he then approached tsa officer gerardo hernandez here who was standing there where those flowers are -- this is a prescreening area and shot him point blank, multiple times in the chest. he then got on this escalator." >> "the defendant is to then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer, going up escalator and then coming back down that escalator, to return and shoot the wounded officer again." >> reporter: "at the top of
the new details. >> reporter: investigators say 23-year-old paul ciancia was dropped off by a friend in a black hyundai. he calmly walked inside terminal three with this assault rifle, plenty of ammo, a plan to kill, and a note for police. >> in that note, he indicated his anger and his malice, i would say, towards the tsa officers. >> reporter: according to a federal criminal complaint, ciancia fired multiple rounds at point-blank range at officer hernandez. investigators say ciancia then proceeded up an else canlator, but when the wounded officer appeared to move, he returned to the lobby, shooting hernandez again. >> we have a tsa officer shot. >> reporter: with hernandez down, the gunman is on the move. police say he shoots and wounds t two more tsa officers. a high school teacher is also hit. once he was past security, police say the suspect made his way down this long corridor. according to some reports, he went up to witnesses and said, tsa? they shook their head no, the suspect kept going. in 60 seconds, police corner ciancia, shooting him multiple times and at least once in
documents, ciancia meant to kill tsa agents. >> we're not advocating at this time that all 45,000 officers be armed. we believe that creating a layer of security within tsa where there are law enforcement officers at tsa that are, would provide like a nationwide law enforcement force to back up our officers and secure those checkpoints is something that needs to be examined. >> reporter: reports also indicate that ciancia's father called police on friday after another family member received a suicidal text from ciancia. police went to ciancia's apartment to investigate but by then it was too late. the shootings had already begun. >> thank you, derek. federal authorities are now promising a new review of security reviews in light of friday's shootings. >>> mary is live in the newsroom -- >> reporter: reports of a person carrying a gun or handgun. 400 student residential metro. one student told police he saw a suspect wearing a mask camouflage mask and carrying a sword. turns out the scare was unfounded. the lock down was lifted late this afternoon. three students are being questioned by pol
the gunman paul ciancia injured. there are new details on ciancia. he is in the hospital in critical condition. and we have learned that see ciancia was shot in the head. he lives in los angeles but originally is from new jersey. teri okita reports. >> reporter: authorities actually say that someone dropped ciancia off here at l.a.x. before this shooting. he then went inside and shot a tsa multiple times at point- blank range. he then went up an escalator, came back and shot the officer again. as you mentioned, tonight, husbands driving widow remembered her husband. >> reporter: the widow of the fallen tsa officer spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was deliver
-old paul ciancia startinged transportation security agents. >> he made a conscious decision tto kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: he also shot two others, both who are recovering. the fourth victim, a passenger, was hit in the leg. moments before the attack the police say ciancia's friend dropped him off at the airport unaware of his plan. a criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court said that he had a duffle bag containing a smith and wesson assault rifle, and at least five magazine seen full of ammo as ws a letter addressed to the tsa directly. classmates were stunned at the news. >> he was always a shy guy. he kept to himself. he walked around by himself. he didn't talk to anybody at all. >> ciancia's former roommate paints a similar picture of the out of work auto mechanic who moved from new jersey. >> i didn't have any issues. he was a loaner, but i would never expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: the police chief in new jersey is speaking on behalf of the suspect's family. >> we don't know what happened in la. we don't know. they don't know either,
an acquaintance of paul ciancia for the first time. >> and the woman accused of killing a couple in menlo park is supposed to be in court this morning. the court date keeps being pushed back due to medical issues. her blood alcohol level was apparently twice the legal limit in the october 24th crash. >>> here's elizabeth with traffic. >> and right now tow crews are working to clear a couple of cars approaching pinole valley road. the accident is causing a few delays. one lane is blocked. the back-ups extend looks like into hercules maybe for a couple of exits. here is a live look past the accident scene. everything is moving okay through berkeley. highway 4 looks like this. pretty typical staff off the -- stuff off the anitoch bridge. things improve towards pittsburgh bay point. a quick check at the bay bridge toll plaza. looks like they just switched on the metering lights. it's quickly backing up. looks like we are backed up in the fast track lanes beyond that first overcrossing in the distance. ten minutes to get on to the bay bridge. bart on time. they have more than 40 all reporting no de
a murder chances against anthony ciancia -- ciancia. the fbi has found antigovernment writings allegedly penned by ciancia. >> on the floor. on the floor now! >> federal prosecutors are filing criminal charged against paul ciancia. he's charged with opening fire and killing gerardo hernandez and wounding others. filed multiple rounds at point- blank range. >> hernandez wife spoke to to reporters. >> he would have been 40 next week. i am devastated. >> a man who came face-to-face with the gunman said the suspect was looking for tsa employees. >> the shooter calmly walking down the corridor had his gun and looked at me and said tsa and i shook my head and he kept going. the fbi said law enforcement shot and wounded the gunman. a note on the suspect made his intend to harm the tsa clear. he addressed them in the letter and stated he wanted to "instill fear into their traitorous minds." >> law enforcement said ciancia originally from new jersey sent text messages to family saying he was unhappy and discouraged living in los angeles. >> it was to his little brother and they had concern about
off at the airport on friday not aware that ciancia was going to carry out attack. ciancia is under armed guard and heavy see dangerous at -- and heavy sedation. >> this morning, we are in front of what f.b.i. agents are calling paul ciancia's last known address in sun valley area which is out of the of los angeles. they say he lived here after spending the majority his life in new jersey. here is a look at man, paul ciancia, just 23-year-old, an unemployed motorcycle technician. on friday, according to the f.b.i., he was shot four times by airport police, arrested and hospitalized. authorities say he was dropped off at lax and began hunting t.s.a. agents to kill. he succeeded. the shooting spree caused 1,500 flight flight to be delayed and cancels with thousands forced to evacuate the airport. we spoke to a neighbor near his apartment who said his wife was home when the f.b.i. stormed his hope the. >> they remain forked in here and starting headed back here. she didn't know what to think. it seemed like this were 50 of them. >> they got here right after the shooting 'til about 1:00
a consideration decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: ciancia also shot two others tsa officers who are now recovering. moments before the attack police say ciancia dropped him off at the airport, unaware of his plan. a criminal complaint said he had a duffle bag containing a smith and wesson assault rifle and at least five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter addressing the tsa directly. his former classmates are stunned by the news, remembering him as an introvert, a loaner. >> he was like a shy guy. he always kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. he didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> i'm just--i'm absolutely shocked. >> reporter: ciancia's former roommate recently moved to los angeles from a small new jersey town. >> i didn't have issues with him or anything. he was a really nice guy. a bit loner, introvert but i would never expect him to do something like this. >> reporter: the police chief is speaking on behalf of the suspect's family. >> we don't know what happened in l.a. we don't know and they don't well know either. they want
. >> paul ciancia arrived at the airport on friday like a regular passenger. we have learned a roommate dropped him off at terminal 3 unaware of the plan. according to the complaint, surveillance video shows ciancia walking up to the check point pulling out an assault rifle and shooting dass officer gerardo hernandez pointblank. the document also says that the gunman walked away but he saw the wounded officer moving, he came back and shot him again, killing him. >> this is the first t.s.a. employee killed in the line of duty. >> the f.b.i. says ciancia shot his way through the terminal wounding two other officers and a teacher, shot in the leg. >> he dragged himself into a closet where he found a sweatshirt which he used as a tourniquet to slow or stop the blood. >> after airport police shot ciancia four times, they found the bag which contained five magazines full of ammunition and a hand written note addressed to the t.s.a. saying he hoped to instill fear on your traitorous mind. >> he made a decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. >> classmates of where he played the french horn
at los angeles international airport, paul ciancia sent his family messages, some suggesting that he would commit suicide. the family alerted authorities who asked lapd to do a welfare check. they responded within six minutes of getting that call, but it was still too late. >> this was after the incident occurred, and it's dozens of miles away from where lax is, so our officers didn't make the connection. >> reporter: but ciancia was already gone. we spoke exclusively to a woman who knows ciancia and his roommates. >> their third roommate comes back and says i just dropped paul at lax. and they just knew. i think he just dropped off paul to a shooting. >> reporter: he entered the terminal armed with an assault rifle and five magazines of ammunition. they recovered a handwritten note on ciancia that made it clear he was out to kill tsa officers. he shot geraldo hernandez at point blank range. then he went up an escalator. but after spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause. so i looked down the escalator,
the suspect paul ciancia. we're learning more about what happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on that note that he was carrying in his bag. david kerley has been following this story. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the this morning, the alleged shooter is in a hospital room said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. he'll face charges that could carry the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the ram page. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault weapons with five extra magazines like this one, fully loaded. it alleges that he walked up to the tsa and fired point-blank range. >> he faces either maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole or the potential of the imposition of the death penalty. >> reporter: according to the complaint as he moved up the escalator he looked back at the wounded officer and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him, ciancia allegedly gunned down two more tsa worke
encounter at l.a.x. as paul ciancia is unresponsive in the hospital. >> paul ciancia was shot four times by officers, one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of his jaw. if he ever regains consciousness he faces charges including the death penalty. 23-year-old ciancia told investigators he acted alone. abc news learned his unsuspecting roommate dropped him off at l.a.x. thinking he had a flight to get. ciancia made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. tonight his friends are speaking out. >> he was shy guy. he kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> he was a really nice guy. a bit loner and introverted, but nothing i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> ciancia was a student at the tech anything cal institute -- technical institute in florida. they say once in the airport ciancia pulled an assault rifle and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it fo
captures the panic after the suspect identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia approached the check point and pulled a semiautomatic rifle from the bag. he shot and killed one tsa agent and wounded three others. >> it was a loud bang. >> everyone panicked. everybody dropped to the ground. >> the shooter seemed to be aiming at tsa officers. he was wearing a blue uniform and helped from the scene holding up his bloody arm. this man barely escaped. >> he was carrying a rifle and he looked at me and said tsa with a question mark and i just shook my head and he kept going. >> reporter: passengers huddled for cover in bathrooms and others dashed for the exits. >> the kids, the seniors are like oh my goodness. i want to help them, but i want to cover myself. >> reporter: finally -- >> i caught up with him near the rear of the terminal and that is where an officer involved shooting occurred. >> reporter: the shooter went down wounded. his rifle fell where he did and not a moment too soon. diswhrie were a hundred more -- >> there were a hundred more rounds that could have literally killed everybod
as 23-year-old paul ciancia approached the check point and pulled a semiautomatic rifle from the bag. he shot and killed one tsa agent and wounded three others. >> it was a loud bang. >> everyone panicked. everybody dropped to the ground. >> the shooter seemed to be aiming at tsa officers. he was wearing a blue uniform and helped from the scene holding up his bloody arm. this man barely escaped. >> he was carrying a rifle and he looked at me and said tsa with a question mark and i just shook my head and he kept going. >> reporter: passengers huddled for cover in bathrooms and others dashed for the exits. >> the kids, the seniors are like oh my goodness. i want to help them, but i want to cover myself. >> reporter: finally -- >> i caught up with him near the rear of the terminal and that is where an officer involved shooting occurred. >> reporter: the shooter went down wounded. his rifle fell where he did and not a moment too soon. diswhrie were a hundred more -- >> there were a hundred more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in that terminal. >> reporter: terminal 3 was ta
officer. paul ciancia is in critical condition. a woman who says she knows him well is filling in some of the blanks telling cnn what he might have been thinking and doing shortly before the incident. we have that exclusive angle to the story. good morning, miguel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. this woman has a fascinating story to tell. it is amazing she is an ordinary woman that found herself in an extraordinary circumstance. she wants to remain anonymous. she doesn't want her life associated with paul ciancia. days before this rampage, this woman says ciancia was already plotting his crime. >> he asked whether he could have a ride to the zblarpt why did he need a ride? >> he was going back home, his dad was sick. he had family issues. >> did anyone see a ticket? >> he mentioned what day he had to leave. >> reporter: she says he rarely left his san fernando apartment, describing him as socially awkward and a heavy smoker f. day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says i need to
. a law enforcement official tells the "associated press" shooting suspect paul ciancia is heavily sedated as armed guards keep watch over hip. police charged the 23-year-old in friday's deadly shooting at los angeles international airport. officers shot ciancia four times to end the shooting rampage, but before the suspect was taken to the hospital an official says he told them he acted alone. >> he had the gun down like this. >> reporter: passenger scott green witnessed the shooting. he was among the more than 100 people who ran for their lives. >> it didn't make sense to me. i thought, you know, well, that guy had a gun and no one was there to stop him. >> reporter: court papers reveal ciancia left a letter saying he made a conscious decision to try to kill. investigators say he targeted tsa agents. transportation security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and a passenger were wounded. now, the suspect has no history of mental illness, but we do know that he texted his family saying he wasn't happy to the point where the suspect's
at the deadlien counter at l.a.x -- deadly encounter at l.a.x. as paul ciancia is unresponsive in the hospital. >> paul ciancia was shot four times by officers, one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of his jaw. if he ever regains consciousness he faces charges including the death penalty. 23-year-old ciancia told investigators he acted alone. abc news learned his unsuspecting roommate dropped him off at l.a.x. thinking he had a flight to get. thea made s decision to kill multiple tsa employees. tonight his friends are speaking out. >> he was shy guy. he kept to himself. he was always walking around by himself. didn't really talk to anybody at all. >> he was a really nice guy. a bit loner and introverted, but nothing i would ever, ever expect him to do something like this. >> ciancia was a student at the tech anything cal institute -- technical institute in florida. they say once in the airport ciancia pulled an assault rifle and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobi
-old paul ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled out a crime began rifle and began shooting. >> i just saw the gun, and i was just terrified like everybody else was and we're all just on the ground. >> 39-year-old tsa officer gerardo hernandez was killed. federal agents brought food to the hernandez family's home. neighbors say they were shocked. >> my heart goes out to them. i pray the lord will give them peace and strength. >> the head of the tsa will arrive today. he'll meet with hernandez's family as well as two of the other agents wounded in the shooting. >> ciancia appeared to have a grudge against the security agency. in a note found in the 23-year- old's bag he called himself aed off patriot and said he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by tsa searches. ciancia's father told police about a suicidal text message from his son. >> the text message was a message to the little brother and the way it was written he had some concern about it. >> ciancia's former los angeles roommates say they never suspected he was capable of such violence. edward license wjz eyewitne
his name, 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, and word this evening his family reportedly had been in touch with authorities beforehand. a note found at the scene reportedly believed to have included anti-government beliefs. among his victims a tsa officer shot and killed. the first tsa officer ever killed in line of duty. these are aerial pictures from our station in los angeles kabc, and this evening one of the nation's busiest airports with a heavy police presence, we have team coverage here on the fast moving investigation. we lead off with david wright. on the scene. >> reporter: panicked rush hour here at the nation's third busiest airport. and a terrifying announcement. >> we have a shooting in terminal 3. >> reporter: at 9:20 a.m. the suspect marched up to the check point in terminal 3, pulled out a high powered rifle and opened fire. >> first shot went out, and i mean, it was a loud bang. >> reporter: nick pugh had shown his id at the terminal 3 screening area. did people panic? >> everybody panicked, everybody dropped to the ground and crawled across the ground really qui
learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a federal law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in los angeles, but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pennsville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother and the way it was written, they had some concern about it, and that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. >>> from the moment the first shots rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simon reports on how it all happened and the personal stories of the people who had to run for their lives. >> this is going to be a major, major incident, working here at l. l.a.x. >> reporter: los angeles international airport, 9:20 a.m. local time. the fbi says 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia enters terminal 3, pulls
the suspect file ciancia. investigators say he was not a ticketed passenger and dropped off at airport before the shooting and we're learning details how tsa agents respond. cbs reporter with more information from the fbi. today federal prosecutors say they filed charges against l.a.x. shooting suspect paul ciancia. investigators say he was dropped off at the airport before he walked up to the security checkpoint. >> the defendant is alleged to have pulled a smith & wesson .223 caliber assault rifle out of his bag and fired multiple rounds at point blank range at the tsa officer, who was standing on duty and in uniform, severely wounding tsa officer hender the defendant is then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer and going up an escalator and then coming back down that escalator to return and shoot the wounded officer again. >> investigators say they found a signed hand-written note at the scene in which ciancia said i wanted to target officers. he has both uniform and undercover officers spread out throughout the airport and his department will maintain the enha
-old paul ciancia came prepared with an assault rifle. high capacity magazines. a bag of ammunition and a handwritten manifesto. >> we found a statement where we he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: as he made his way through the terminal, ciancia reportedly asked some people if they were with tsa. and moved on when they responded no. but at the security checkpoint, he opened fire. tsa officer gerardo hernandez who was about to celebrate his 40th birthday was killed. agents tony grigsby and james speer shown here were both wounded. as was teacher brian ludmer. ciancia made it about 100 yards into the terminal, before police shot him multiple times and took him into custody. officials are waiting to interview him to gain motives into the shooting. >>> the head coach of the nfl houston texans gary kubiak is recovering after he collapsed on the field during last night's game. as kubiak walked off at halftime, he stopped and squatted down. houston's general manager told nbc, that kubiak was lig light-headed and dizzy. he was removed on a stretcher an
information about the man accused of opening fire at l.a.x. police say paul ciancia texted his family on the morning of the shooting that he was going to kill himself. los angeles police officers got to his apartment 45 minutes after he left for the airport. police say ciancia killed one tsa screener and wounded two others and a passenger. some are calling for better security at tsa checkpoints. >> part of that investigation will be a review of the security measures that were in place not only at l.a.x. but i think a review of the security arrangements that exist in other airports as well. >> police officers shot ciancia four times. he's heavily sedated following surgery for his wounds and is currently under 24-hour guard. >>> a new study from uc berkeley raises concerns about the outsourcing of airport workers. according to the study, the share of airport workers outsourced to contractors grew from 19% in 2001 to 26% by 2011. during the same period, airport workers saw their hourly wages fall by an average of 15%. the study says the airport workers declining pay affects airport effic
. what's still unclear, what drove 23-year-old paul ciancia to target tsa. the report for wjz from la with the latest. >> a spokesperson read a statement from the family of the los angeles international airport shooting suspect. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. >> officials say 23-year-old paul ciancia walked into terminal 3 of the airport on friday, pulling a suitcase with a backpack on top. there were holes in both pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point.
. the violence and panic inside one of america's busiest airports. and here he is. 23-year-old paul ciancia. he's accused of bringing an assault rifle and 100 rounds into los angeles international airport yesterday morning. >> there was chaos and confusion inside terminal three, as the suspect allegedly killed a tsa officer and shot two other people, before he was seriously wounded in a shoot-out with police. we have live team coverage this morning, starting with abc's cecilia vega, who has the very latest from l.a.x. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. a truly horrifying experience for passengers and workers here. but police say it could have been so much worse. they say the shooter had enough ammunition on him to shoot everyone in the terminal. overnight, the identity of that slain tsa officer revealed. he is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasi
on the shooting at l.a.x. we're learning more about the suspect paul ciancia. who's now facing federal murder charges, as we're learning more about what actually happened in the moment of crisis and what was written on the note that he was carrying in his bag. abc's david wright has been covering the story from the jump. he's at l.a.x. this morning. david, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. this morning, the alleged gunman is in a hospital room a few miles away from here, said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he ever does regain consciousness, he'll face charges that could take the death penalty. the criminal complaint filed in federal court saturday includes chilling new details about the rampage. the fbi said that he was dropped off at l.a.x. friday morning, in his bag, a smith and wesson assault rifle like this one, with five extra magazines, fully loaded. the fbi alleges that he walked up to the tsa check point and fired multiple shots at point blank range to a tsa officer. >> in these circumstances, the defendant faces either maximum penalty of life wit
the l.a.x. shooter was gunned down, paul ciancia told him he acted alone. >> it isn't clear why he targeted tsa officers. what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path. here's abc's david wright. >> moments before all of this, abc news learned paul ciancia's roommate dropped him off at l.a.x., thinking ciancia just had to catch a flight. instead what unfolded was a cold-blood attack. video surveillance shows ciancia walking up to the checkpoint at terminal three, pulling a smith & wesson out of his bag, and firing multiple shots at pointblank range at an officer. he looked back at the wounded officer, who appeared in video to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says paul ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot his way through the terminal. >> he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: the fbi said his bag contained five magazines full of ammo along with a handwritten letter signed by ciancia, addressing the tsa directly, saying, "he hoped to instill fare on your tra
to friday's deadly rampage. she says the suspected gunman paul ciancia had a roommate carry out his murderous plot. here is more from miguel marques. >> reporter: days before ciancia's crime. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> reporter: why did he need a ride? >> his dad was sick and he needed to deal with family issues. >> reporter: did anyone see a ticket? >> no. >> reporter: he says ciancia rarely moved his apartment since moving here in january describing him as awkward and heavily smoker the day he put his alleged plan into action, she says, it took his roommate by surprise. >> that morning, he doesn't knock. just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> reporter: his roommate believes this is when he texted family members in new jersey telling them he was going to commit suicide and that prompted frantic calls between police in new jersey and l.a. police came to ciancia's home. he has a bag, gets in the car and off they go and a short time later, a knock at the door? >> yes. >> reporter: police? >> police. >> re
. 23-year-old paul ciancia. police say he's the shooter. he remains in critical condition today, unable to speak with investigators. but we are starting to learn more about ciancia. and possibly some of his motives. we're also learning more about what happened just before the shooting, from someone who knew ciancia and his roommates. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> why did he need a ride? >> he said he was going back home, either that his dad was kind of sick and he had to deal with family issues. >> did anyone ever see a ticket? >> no. he also didn't mention what day he had to leave. that morning yes, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> did he ever express any hatred toward the government or toward the tsa? >> all nsa findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa abused their power. >> well let's bring in stephanie elam, who is covering the story from los angeles. stephanie, were police actually close to stopping this before it happened? there
prompted a massive police response and evacuation. that suspect identified as paul ciancia was wounded and is in custody tonight. we'll have a full update at the top of the hour. >>> is the blinking of a paralyzed man who cannot talk enough to send an accused killer to prison? today defense lawyers in prince george's county said no and they're trying to get the judge in this landmark murder case to throw out a video that police made of a remarkable interview done at the bedside of the victim before he died. scott broom is in upper marlboro after a dramatic day in court. >> reporter: a neurotrauma nurse testified here today that often the only way to communicate with fully paralyzed people who can't talk is by getting them to answer simple yes/no questions by blinking which is what police got shooting victim melvin pate to do on video before he died at university of maryland shock trauma center. now the lawyers for murder suspect jermaine hale say there's no way a prince george's county jury should ever see the tape. viewed in court today the video shows pate squeezing his eyes shut wh
-old paul ciancia walked inside the terminal with this assault rifle, five magazines, a bag of ammunition and a mission to kill. police also found a handwritten letter. insight to a possible motive. >> we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter and said that he wanted to, quote, instill fear into their traitorous minds. >> reporter: according to this federal criminal complaint, ciancia fired multiple rounds at point blank range at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. investigators say ciancia then shot two more tsa agents and high school teacher brian ledmere. once he was past security, police say he made his way past this long corridor. according to some reports, he went up to witnesses and said tsa. they shook their head no. the suspect kept going. >> reporter: 60 seconds later, police cornered ciancia at the end of the terminal. a firefight ensued. shot multiple times, the suspect's weapon was recovered right here. he was taken into custody. then to the hospital. >> reporter: that tsa agent has blood on
. officials say that 23 year-old paul ciancia is an unemployed a motorcycle mechanic who recently moved to los angeles from new jersey. his family baggies notified new jersey authorities after they became concerned. lapd was contacted and officers went to his home the morning of the shooting but they missed him. he opened fire at lax killing eight tsa kirk, wounding five others on friday. one woman who knew him and his three roommates spoke to cnn, she says that he was plotting his crime. >> he did not mention what a day without warning. he just opened the door in stated that he had to leave. >> investigators have concluded that ciancia was dropped off at the airport by room make but he had no knowledge of what he planned to do. he is facing charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. the fbi says that ciancia is currently in the hospital and is unresponsive. >> coming up on the kron4 morning news. two planes collided in mid-air. how all the passengers managed to survive the incident coming up. >> while posting pictures online kalanchoe in troubl
ciancia is in critical condition. he suffered wounds to the legs and head making it difficult for investigators to get information from him. abc news reporter has more from los angeles. >> lax is returning to normal. >> the question remains. why did he do it? police say 23-year-old paul ciancia brought a rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition to los angeles airport. this tmz video shows frantic passengers freeing terminal 3. they say he pulled the rifle from his back and opened fire at a security check point. one officer was killed and two others wounded. >> one guy. a single man with a gun demonstrated the worst of human nature. >> those who could ran. others huddled in the bathroom stalls. >> i was scared that maybe he was going to come towards me and my husband. >> police stepped in, shooting him four times before taking him into custody. law enforcement sources said he carried a note expressing anger and frustration at the tsa. the slain officer, 39-year-old gerardo hernandez is the first in tsa history to die in the line of duty. the father of two was always watching out for
paul ciancia walk into terminal 3 at l.a.x. and unload that semiautomatic weapon, killing that tsa agent and injuring three others. we do know that paul ciancia is still in the hospital in critical condition. he's under 4-hour guard. ewas -- 24-hour guard. he was shot four times, including in the mouth. he's unresponsive. one of the things agents are looking at, the better letter that was -- the better found inside the duffel bag. in the note, he apparently described how he had this hatred for tsa agents and how he wanted to kill them. additionally, investigators are talking to ciancia's family. he's from new jersey. he moved here to southern california about a year and a half ago. apparently, had texted his father moments before he got in the car to l.a.x., talked about how he was unhappy and something that he told his father made his father call the chief of police in pensville, township, new jersey who then called police in l.a., the l.a.p.d. and by the time officers arrived to ciancia's house here in southern california, he had already gotten into a car on his way to l.a.x. the
: police say alleged gunman paul ciancia entered los angeles international airport's terminal three friday morning armed with an assault rifle and five magazines of ammunition. the fbi says it recovered a handwritten note on ciancia that made it clear he was out to kill multiple tsa officers. authorities say he shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause, and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit. l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was goin
about the man accused in that deadly lax shooting friday morning. the roommates of paul ciancia says he sent a texas to his family that -- a sent a text to his family that he was going to commit suicide. his family went to check on him but they were too late. right now ciancia is surrounded by armed guards and heavily sedated in the hospital after being shot four times by police. the tsa is telling us new information about how many guns are brought into airports just one week before that deadly shooting president guns were -- 39 guns were seized at airport check points. of those guns 32 were loaded. besides the guns the tsa has intercepted knives, stun guns, and grenades from being taken on to planes. >> i certainly hope it wasn't anything with malicious intent. it was just a mistake and a one off kind of situation. >> tsa says most people say they forgot they had the weapon in their carry on bags. others try to disguise them as ordinary objects trying to sneak them through. >>> the u.s. senate takes a test vote on legislation that would prohibit employers from discriminating against wo
of the deadly shooting. according to a federal criminal complaint, 23-year-old paul ciancia came prepared with apassault rifle, high capacity magazines, a bag of am new mission and manifesto. >> we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: as me his way through the terminal, ciancia reportedly asked some people if they were with tsa. he moved on when they responded no. but at the security check point, he opened fire. tsa officer, hernandez, about to celebrate his 40th birthday, was killed. two other agents were wounded. as was this high school teacher. ciancia made it about 100 yards into the terminal before police shot him multiple times and took him into custody. officials are waiting to interview him and gain more insight into his motives. >>> now to the nfl. gary kubiac is recovering after he collapsed on the field during last night's game. as he walked off at halftime, he stopped and squatted down. the general manager said kubiac was lightheaded and dizzy, he was removed on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital, but did not
complaint, 23-year-old paul ciancia pulled this assault rifle out of his bag and fired multiple rounds at point-blank range at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. the document says ciancia then proceeded up an escalator. but when he saw the wounded officer move, he returned to his body, shooting hernandez again. >> he was a joyful person, always smiling. he took pride in his duty. >> reporter: anna hernandez married her husband on valentine's day 15 years ago. a father of two, he would have turned 40 next week. >> gerardo was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was always there to help anyone in need. >> reporter: with passengers scrambling for their lives, court documents say ciancia opened fire on two other tsa officers and high school teacher brian ludmer. all three injured but alive with police in pursuit. the suspect made it over 100 yards deep into the terminal. he passed restaurants and magazine shops. this is where it all ended, in the middle of a busy terminal. shot multiple times, ciancia was taken into custody. his rifle, five magazine clips as well as a han
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